Meet Our Staff

School Leader

Alberta Galarza

School Leader

Mrs. Galarza was born in Mexico and came to the United States when she was seven years old. She graduated from Holy Redeemer High School (a parochial school in Southwest Detroit) in 2001. That same year, she married her husband, Hector. In 2010, her husband became the pastor at her church. So aside from her commitment to the education of children, she is very involved at her church and her community.

Mrs. Galarza obtained both her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and Masters degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education from Wayne State University.  She began her career as an educator at Hope of Detroit Academy in August of 2004.  At Hope of Detroit Academy, she taught grades kindergarten through second grade.  Eight years later, she became the instructional coach and coordinated the curriculum, instruction, and assessments across kindergarten through eighth grade. Following her position as the Instructional Coach for four years, she became the Assistant School Leader for three years.  

Currently, Mrs. Galarza is the school leader at the Academy for Business & Technology Elementary.  ABTE is located in Dearborn, Michigan and serves students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.  ABTE has been in existence for over seventeen years.  Mrs. Galarza has been involved in and has chaired several committees throughout her career.  She served in various lead roles such as Ferris State University’s Contract Review, District and School Improvement Process, and AdvancEd Accreditation Process.  She also held an important role in the Middle/High School Expansion Project, Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) team, Multi-Tier Systems of Support (MTSS) team, and Data Teams Process. 

School Administration

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Pamela Shaffer

MTSS Coach

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MTSS Coach

Teaching Staff



Kindergarten Teacher

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Third Grade Teacher

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Fifth Grade Teacher

Antonio Trujillo

First Grade Teacher

Elizabeth Hooten

Second Grade Teacher

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Cynthia King

Second Grade Teacher

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Priscilla Lockhart

STEM Teacher

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Heather McHugh

First Grade Teacher

Stephanie Shah

Fourth Grade Teacher

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Lalanie Johansson-Mendez

Third Grade Teacher

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Suzanne Rocca

Kindergarten Teacher

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Dwight Sanders

Physical Education Teacher

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Carolyn Tola

Fourth Grade Teacher

Ekaete Udoroh

Fifth Grade Teacher

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Florencia Paden

ESL Teacher/Section 31a Teacher

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Special Education Teacher

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Title I Paraeducator

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Clare Weiand

Title I Paraeducator

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Isabelita Sims

Title I Paraeducator

Additional Staff

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Briandra Turner

LRA Aide

Janeisha Randall

Behavior Coordinator

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Chelsea Zajac

Social Worker

Melanie Burgos

Office Assistance

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Wendy Cronce

Office Manager

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Alejandra Lara

Lunch/Enrichment Coordinator

Gwyndolyn Tate

Enrichment Teacher

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Gregory Anderson

Bus Driver

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Alejandra Barajas

Lunch Aide

Herman Williams

Bus Driver